Puppy Show and Carribean Afternoon

I am presently making what is, sadly, an all too rare visit to my brother and his wife who live near Great Yarmouth.

Last Sunday afternoon I attended the Puppy Show at the Holcombe Hunt. In fact, I was only able to stay for the lunch part of events and the opening speeches because I had already accepted an invitation to attend a fund raising event in aid of Bury Hospice and so I had to leave before the actual judging took place.

The fund raising event for Bury Hospice had a Carribean theme complete with fruit punch (alcoholic if required), carribean chicken and a steel band. There was one aspect of proceedings which was not traditionallly viewed as Carribean and that was the weather – there was heavy rain throughout most of the afternoon whilst I was there at least. Despite the weather it was quite well attended and hopefully will have raised much needed funds for our local hospice.

Norwich North Result

Well I am back from a showery Scarborough where the match ended in a draw and in the end I guess most home fans where glad of the 4 extra points for a draw.

The main political news of the day has been the Conservatives victory in Norwich North. I have to say that I was not at all surprised after my visit there last week. I am not surprised that the Greens recorded what I have read was their highest percentage in a by-election ever. The main problem I think for Labour was the drop in their vote, time is running out before the next General Election and these voters will need to be persuaded to return to the fold if Labour are to avoid defeat. Unlike the result in Crewe the Conservative vote was also down when compared to the last General Election and I suspect that this was largely due to the furore over the revalations about M.P.’s expenses.

Well done England!

England today finally secured a win against the Aussies at Lords for the first time since the 1930’s. With three more Tests to play England now have a great chance to reclaim the Ashes.

Talking of cricket I am off on a few days holiday to watch Yorkshire at Scarborough. Sue is going to stay and help CeeCee recover.

Norwich North

CeeCee recovering

CeeCee recovering

I paid what literally was a flying visit down to Norwich to help campaign in the Norwich North by-election where polling takes place next Thursday. I was working in one of the City Wards where there was a reassuring amount of support for the Conservatives considering that our strongest areas are further out from the City. There was a surprising amount of support for the Green Party, and a core of voters still supporting Labour. The Liberal Democrats seemed to be doing less well than they often do in by-elections. I will be interested to see whether my snap shot view bears any resemblance to the result.

CeeCee Update
First of all on behalf of Sue and myself can I thank all those who have enquired about CeeCee’s well being. The latest position is that his paws are still very sore and he is not able to go on his usual long walks. I am pleased to say he is however gradually getting back to normal. He can now at least walk and he is eating and drinking normally.

CeeCee – Panic Over.

We have just had what can only be described as a “major incident” involving CeeCee. It all started late yesterday evening Sue and I were out walking with CeeCee along the lane where we live when some fireworks (which were to celebrate Bury’s town-twinning) were let off – loud bangs and CeeCee was startled he broke free from Sue who was holding him and off he ran. Sue was injured in the process as CeeCee had pulled her into a tree and Sue now has several cuts and bruises on her face.

We began an immediate search and I have to say a very big thank you to all the neighbours who joined in despite the lateness of the hour. CeeCee was sighted in the area of Harwood Golf Club and so the search was concentrated in that area. Sue and I continued until 1.30am without success. We decided to try and get some sleep although I think we both knew it would be nigh on impossible. By 6am we were both up and out searching again. Once more family and neighbours joined in. We did all sorts of things to try and spread the word that CeeCee was “at large”. Around midday Sue and I were both back home to have a review meeting and a hot drink – neither of us having had anything all day such was our determination to do all we could to find him. Then amidst all the calls that were coming in came the crucial call someone had found him exhausted in their garden in Harwood. PHEW! What a relief. We immediately set off to recover him.

Unfortunately he was not his normal self. His paws are worn and he was naturally frightened and I guess rather confused. I could tell he was pleased to see us though even though he was so weak his tail wagged a little. He was unable to stand so we carried him to the car where I gave him a couple of bowls of food as I knew he would have missed his morning meal. he ate it all up which I took to be a good sign. I then took him straight to Pennine Vets at Harwood which fortunately was very close by. They were excellent with him. Two nurses came out to assess him and we then carried him inside the surgery inside his pet tube and he was examined by the vet. Fortunately the diagnosis was not too bad. He has worn his paws out and the vet said he just needs lots and lots of TLC to get back up and normal again. We brought him home and carried him into the porch where his den is and as I write he is in there curled up and hopefully recovering.

Before the emergency yesterday had been a pretty standard day. I had been to the dentists and then addressed the Leavers Service for Tottington Primary School. 41 pupils were leaving their Primary education and I urged them all to make the most of all the new opportunities that would be on offer at their new schools in September.

Music in the Park 2009

David helping out at Music in the Park '09

David helping out at Music in the Park '09

Yesterday saw the biggest Music in the Park yet held at Whitehead Gardens with eight live performers covering a wide range of musical tastes. Brass band, choir, samba, steel band, folk and rock – there really was something for everyone.

I spent most of the time helping on the bar where as we rapidly ran out of the excellent real ale supplied by Bank Top Brewery we had to make frequent topping up trips!

It is a long day twelve hours from start to finish but it is great to see so many people coing along to join in a real community event. Everyone who attended should thank Geoff and Gill Leach who play a central role in planning the event and pulling it all together. In addition to Gill and Geoff there are dozens of others who all freely give of their time to make this event happen. Thank-you to each and every one!

Bury Hospice Party in the Park / Cricket / Hawkshaw Gala

David at Bury Hospice Party in the Park

David at Bury Hospice Party in the Park

Despite the forecast rain I am pleased to say tha the rain has only just arrived here in Tottington and other than some very fine drizzle at the Bury Hospice Party in the Park at Close Park it has been fine all day. The Party in the Park seemed to be going well when I was there and I just hope that the event was a success because I know how much planning goes into organising such an event. The picture shows me having a go the Tombola – for once a successful go because I won a woolly beany hat and an address book!!

On the way to the Hawkshaw Gala I called in at Walshaw Sports Club to watch the opening exchanges of the game between Walshaw Seconds and Little Hultonwhich had been sponsored by Bury Rotary Club. Little Hulton looked to be on top and I will be intersted to see if Walshaw managed to prevail on the end.

Hawkshaw Gala was busy and visitors were being entertained by the Stockport Steel Band which got me in the mood for Music in the Park tomorrow. I just hope the rain has moved on by then and the sun is shining!